The Crows will take on the Cats in the first of the AFL Preliminary Finals for 2017. The Crows won easily over GWS in their only final whilst Geelong caused a massive upset on Friday night beating the Swans who many good judges had tipped to win the flag. Can the Cats cause another upset? Or are the Crows going to be too good at home?
When: 19:50 | Friday 22/9/2017
Where: Adelaide Oval
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The Crows could not have been more impressive with their win over the GWS Giants last weekend even without their best player Rory Sloane.
They head into this match fresh and in good form the biggest query will be that they are notorious for slow starts in big matches and having only played two matches in four weeks can they start quick enough? If they can they don’t look beatable at home.
The Cats caused arguably the upset of the finals series so far. They looked down and out after an embarrassing loss to the Tigers in Week 1 of the finals and it looked a tough task beating the inform team in the Comp the ‘Swans’ but they came out firing and smashed them.
This looks a a very quick match and will be a great game to watch.
B: R.Laird, D.Talia, J.Lever
HB: L.Brown, K.Hartigan, J.Kelly
C: R.Atkins, R.Sloane, D.Mackay
HF: R.Douglas, T.Walker, C.Cameron
F: T.Lynch, J.Jenkins, E.Betts
FOLL: S.Jacobs, B.Crouch, M.Crouch
I/C: R.Knight, P.Seedsman, H.Greenwood, A.Otten
EMG: W.Milera, A.Keath, R.O’Brien
IN: A.Otten, R.Sloane
OUT: B.Smith (Knee), M.McGovern (Hamstring)
B: T.Stewart, T.Lonergan, Z.Tuohy
HB: A.Mackie, L.Henderson, J.Bews
C: M.Duncan, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs
HF: S.Motlop, H.Taylor, D.Lang
F: D.Menzel, P.Dangerfield, T.Hawkins
FOLL: Z.Smith, S.Menegola, S.Selwood
I/C: N.Cockatoo, J.Kolodjashnij, B.Parfitt, R.Stanley
EMG: Z.Guthrie, J.Murdoch, J.Parsons
IN: T.Lonergan, N.Cockatoo
OUT: J.Parsons (omitted), Z.Guthrie (omitted)
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change
Lighten up, it’s only banter between mates.
That’s the message from the Adelaide Crows about forward Josh Jenkins’ sledge to Geelong megastar and ex-Crow Patrick Dangerfield.
“There would be nothing better than beating him and reminding him that perhaps he should have stuck around with us and he could be a Brownlow medallist and a premiership player,” Jenkins said in a television interview last week.
The tall forward’s comments came before Geelong booked a trip to Adelaide to face the Crows in a preliminary final this Friday night.
But rather than light a fuse for the knockout final, Crows assistant coach David Teague said the comments should be taken in jest.
“They’re very good friends, you have got to remember that they’re quite close,” Teague told reporters on Monday.
“I think they’re having a bit of fun … words are words, at the end of the day it will come down to actions.”
Dangerfield, who left the Crows at the end of the 2015 season, is a central figure in Friday night’s Adelaide Oval fixture.
The champion midfielder started in attack in Geelong’s semi-final win against Sydney and kicked four goals in the opening half.
The Crows weren’t surprised by his feats and while they’ll plan for both possibilities – Dangerfield in attack or the midfield – they won’t overly focus on the Geelong linchpin.
“To be honest, they’re a really good side and you don’t want to spend too much time focusing on one player,” Teague said.
“The other night they had a lot of players that contributed well … it’s the whole team we will be preparing for.”